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Madeira’s Gardens - who knew!

I caught up with Laura from our Marketing Team to chat about her experience of Madeira. Here is what she had to say:

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So, what I imagine when I think of visiting ‘gardens’ is long afternoons spent wandering round protected stately homes, battered flowers and mowed lawns, but you can think again when it comes to the gardens of Madeira;  they’re something entirely different!

I went to Madeira at the height of summer, basically looking for an alternative holiday to two weeks spent on a Portuguese beach and I would recommend Madeira to all. This little island has so much to offer, but one of the main things that stood out for me (which I never, ever thought I would say) was the amazing Botanical Gardens!  Help! - I’m turning into my Mum!!

I have never seen such wonderful plants, flowers, fountains and garden designs - only comparable to something you’ve seen cultivated for years for the purposes of the Chelsea Flower Show - but 100 times bigger!

I spent hours exploring the Palheiro Gardens that sit on the hills to the east of Funchal. This garden is home to some fantastic tropical plants, from Hibiscus and Bougainvillea to seasonal plants such as Jacaranda, Spathodeas, Erythrinas and Bauhinias. The whole garden was bursting with colour and intrigue – it is, truly, a sight to see!

See the beauty yourself:

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botanical garden Credit Visit Madeira 2

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It was honestly so spectacular that I considered taking up gardening… well, not quite, but I would definitely recommend a visit. I would simply say: it’s a must-do activity for Madeira!


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Photography by Francisco Correia and Visit Madeira 

Read 1098 times Last modified on Tuesday, 24 April 2018

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